Local Digital Fund  opens for local authorities seeking to transform their public services through digital innovation

Local authorities seeking to transform their public services through digital innovation can apply to a new £7.5 million fund Local Digital Fund which opened to applications on Monday 24 September.

Funding is available for local authorities that are seeking to change the way they invest in technology, share expertise and ensure members of the public receive the best quality digital services from their local council.

Grants of up to £100,000 will be available for projects which demonstrate they benefit local public services and have the potential to be rolled out more widely across the country.

Local authorities and central government departments in England are eligible to submit an expression of interest, whether individually or in partnership with other local authorities. All bids will need to demonstrate input from at least two local authorities.

The bidding is not open to non-public sector organisations. However, there are no restrictions on winning bids to commission a private company to help deliver the project.

The deadline to submit an expression of interest is 5 October 2018. A decision on which projects have been chosen is expected to be announced by 3 December.

Further information about the Local Digital Fund, together with a link to the fund’s prospectus, is available on the GOV.UK website